Meeting claims of the death of British guitar music with hugely successful album after hugely successful album, massive sell-out gigs at the O2 Arena and countless festival headlining, Kasabian have gone from dance-rock outsiders to one of the biggest rock bands in the country.
2014 was a huge year for the Leicester band – but then, every year has seemed colossal for Kasabian recently. The band’s fifth album, '48:13', was released to widespread critical acclaim, and it finally saw them headline Glastonbury. Having moved away from psychedelic breakdowns and interludes, 48:13 saw the band combine synths with their trademark sound. However far Kasabian venture into the leftfield, though, it's unlikely that it will hinder their popularity. The band originally formed as Saracuse in 1997, but later changed their name – taking their new moniker from Linda Kasabian, a get-away driver for the notorious Charles Manson. Despite first beginning to record material in the late '90s, the band didn't release their eponymous debut album until 2004 – but it was their run of ever-increasingly popular singles which truly brought them mainstream attention. Their second album, 'Empire' was a huge success, spawning a further run of hit singles while the album itself debuted at Number One on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, was their bravest and boldest yet but still no less popular: in additions to scoring them a consecutive Number One, it was also nominated for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize.
2012 saw the band release 'Velociraptor' which saw another arena tour and headline slots at the Isle of Wight and Reading/Leeds. 2013 not only saw the band headline dance festival Snowbombing but also Hard Rock Calling in London's Queen Elizabeth Park.
As the ten year anniversary since the release of their self-titled debut approached in 2014, Kasabian went on to headline Glastonbury, play their biggest show to date in front of a sold out crowd of 50,000 fans Leicester and release the critically acclaimed album '48:13'.
In 2015, the band headlined V Festival, and 2016 saw the band exit the studio (where they are busy readying a new album for 2017) to play two sell out shows at the King Power Stadium in celebration of Leicester City's unlikely Premier League title success.